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We have objected to an application from Peakman Ltd to develop Mynydd Llanhilleth Common, near Abertillery in Torfaen, south Wales.
Peakman wants to build a new haul road, widen the existing Cefn Crib road and erect fencing on the common to enable it to extract aggregates from the nearby quarry. Because the works affect common land, it must obtain the consent of Welsh Ministers for works on common land, under section 38 of the Commons Act 2006.
Walkers and horse-riders have rights of access over the common and the society considers that their enjoyment will be reduced, and that the development will adversely affect the landscape. Moreover, if the road is widened, it will encourage faster driving, putting walkers and riders at risk.
Says Maggie Thomas, Torfaen local correspondent for the Open Spaces Society: ‘This is pleasant countryside, close to built-up areas, which is enjoyed by many walkers and riders. The Canyons is a much-loved local spot. We consider it to be unacceptable to tear up the common for short-term gain and we are fighting the plan.’